LOS ANGELES -- With the Dodgers ranked next-to-last in the league in homers, general manager Ned Colletti had to be asked. Would the team consider signing the out-of-work Barry Bonds, baseball's all-time home runs leader?
"No," Colletti said without elaborating. As the former assistant general manager of the Giants for most of Bonds' time there, Colletti is completely familiar with Bonds, who turns 44 this month and has been out of work since the end of last season.
Manager Joe Torre said he's fine with Colletti's decision.
"I don't disagree with what Ned said," said Torre. "Barry was a great player. His game is more suited now to the American League than to go to left field on a regular basis."
Torre said he would have no problem with the so-called baggage that comes with Bonds, who is under federal indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice for his grand jury testimony about alleged steroid use.
"You deal with whatever you have to deal with," Torre said. "The experience from my Yankees days, whatever you feel will benefit the team, you find a way to make it work. We were close to signing Albert Belle in New York. So I played golf with Albert. Whatever you feel you have to do if you feel it helps the club."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.